Shop Local & Online to Support Iowa Artisans & Farmers


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Shop local from the comfort of your home by checking out this curated list of gifts regionally crafted in Iowa. You can feel good about shopping when you support the many local artisans and farmers represented on the 2019 Made in Iowa Gift Guide.

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2019 Made in Iowa Gift Guide

made in iowa gift guide

Shop Local & Online to Support Iowa Artisans & Farmers

From handmade jewelry and pottery, knitted hats and scarves, and personalized home decor items, you’ll find the perfect gift for everyone you need, and support local Iowa independent businesses in the process! Feel good about the gifts you buy from Travel Iowa’s curated list right here and finish up your holiday shopping from the comfort of your home. 

I’m not sure how long you have to live in a state to claim it as your own, but I claim Iowa since I’ve lived in this state longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. Saying I’m from Iowa is just much easier than answering “it’s complicated,” when someone asks me where I’m from. 

As a former military brat who married a military man, I’ve lived all over the world. It’s nice to have a home base though, and Iowa is it for me. It’s only natural that I’d want to support the business owners, amazing artisans, Iowa shops, and craftspeople from my adopted state. We have so many talented people right here in Iowa!

While I highly recommend that you visit the individual stores listed in this post if you can, it’s even more awesome that you can support local businesses even if you’re too far away by shopping online. Shopping small online still helps support the local economy! How cool is that?

Support these 7 Iowa Small Businesses

This is definitely not an exhaustive list of small businesses to support in Iowa, but here are seven small Iowa businesses that work together in a big way to support local farmers and artisans. Check out each of these seven businesses and finish up that holiday shopping today.

If you want to avoid big box stores, or balance out your purchases by finding a few great locally produced items, you’ll really find something for everyone on this list of small Iowa businesses. Support Iowa business and shop local this year – even if you can’t make it to the stores in person!

How are you supporting local this year with your gift purchases? Please share a comment about your favorite Iowa made or Iowa inspired gift!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. How do you pick just one item?! So many great things.
    I’d probably finally pick something that is personalized.

  2. I was just at Carver’s Ridge yesterday and they have so many awesome things to choose from. I love the leather bound journals that can be personalized!

  3. I think the recipe boards are a great gift for someone who loves to cook their favorite recipes and even pass a great recipe down to a grandchild.

  4. I like the Farmhouse Coat Rack – Coat Hanger – Wall Mount – Farmhouse Decor – Rustic Decor. (The Old White Shed)

  5. I got excited about the very first shop/retailer that I clicked on! From The Maker’s Loft, I’m so interested in the soy candles and the woolen throws. And, I’m not sure if I’m familiar with tonic syrups— I’d like to learn more!